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Should I claim PIP? I struggle with getting public transport and getting up the stairs to my home
Hi everyone, I’m struggling right now with public transport/getting to abs from work twice a week. I have arthritis in both knees (caused by misalignment from congenital issues with tendons), dehydration in lower lumbar spine and I suspect I also have arthritis in my ankles as they get painful too from time to time but my main pain is my knees and getting about. Over the past 14 months my weight has ballooned and I struggle standing on the underground and with stairs and walking from my house to the tube station which isn’t very far. I get bad backache and rely on painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to help me cope. I’m also finding it uncomfortable sitting on the tube because I’m a lot bigger than I used to be. The seats are divided with hand rests which are painful. If I stand I suffer all day because the jolts affect my knees and I feel everything moving inside the joints as I twist to keep standing. I’m seriously considering getting a mobility scooter. I’m worried that if I claim I’ll just be told to lose weight and everything will get better as the arthritis isn’t bad enough that I can’t walk anywhere. I have 2 flights of stairs to get in and out of my home and I get leg pain as well when going upstairs and knee pain when going downstairs. It’s affecting my mental health too. I’ve heard horror stories about how claimants are treated and reviewed
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